daniel

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daniel wrote

What is a helpmeet? Any why be preoccupied with other people's contentment of their conformity or nonconformity to traditional gender roles... You seem to be the embodiment of doing what you want to do and being who you want to be, no one is oppressing you right now. Others in similar countries where those liberties are enjoyed are free to do the same, they choose not to. It's not my place to judge whether a woman prefers to be content as a nurturing caregiver stay-at-home mom or an abortion having alpha career-driven breadwinner. To each their own. No matter where you have been or what you have done, God knows and loves you perfectly anyway.

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daniel wrote (edited )

There are far more women in attendance than men. They seem to enjoy the service equally as much as the men if not more. Women hold important positions as well upto and including leadership, most of the elders and deacons are women. Not sure what kind of churches you're going to, but if you are just going for community and ignoring the theology then it's probably always going to seem problematic.

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I go to church, joined the Fire Department. Try to take training classes for emergency management, sustainable agriculture, whatever is available really.. I also go to the farmers' markets and sell my wares (veggies, poultry, etc.) and chat with people. I visit my neighbors and drop off extra eggs. I work per-diem at the hospital doing EMS and go to the local coffee shop on Saturday mornings.

Reply to Thoughts? by /u/hitandrun

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daniel wrote

I've worked as an EMT for more than 14 years, and have seen a fair amount of overdoses from benzodiazapines (aka Xanax, Valium, etc.) Personally, I have lost friends who OD'd combining Xanax with alcohol. I have seen otherwise healthy people die from aspirating their own vomit following benzo overdose (accidental and intentional). I once saw a woman who combined Xanax and alcohol and decided to lay down on the train tracks. She lived, but lost both her arms from the elbow down.

While my experience is definitely not typical, I have a strong aversion to the indiscriminate use of such powerful (and very addictive drugs). I would highly recommend avoiding these drugs at all costs. If you are anxious there is probably some reason for that, masking the symptoms is not a cure and can introduce more problems into an already difficult situation.